|The first round of reform was not enough|
Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Saturday
- On Schools, Councilor Andersen proposes "a work session to consider the City's agreement with the Salem Keizer School District for School Resource Officers" and Councilor Leung proposes "the creation of a community commission or equivalent to host community conversations...to discuss the use of Salem police as school resource officers"
- Andersen also proposes "a work session to discuss the use of City funds for non-criminal matters that are currently handled by the Police Department"
- Leung also proposes "implementing 8CANTWAIT guidelines for police." (Here's an explainer from VOX on the 8 Can't Wait policies.)
- And Councilor Nordyke proposes "a performance audit for the Salem Police Department."
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|Over-militarized policing is a problem|
|Another barrier to reform - June 13th|
For more than 15 years, Safe Routes to School programs have used the five E’s (Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation, and Engineering) as their organizing framework. In recent years, we added a sixth E, Equity, to bring the focus towards creating healthy, thriving communities for people of all ages, races, ethnicities, incomes, and abilities. Effective immediately, we are dropping Enforcement as one of the 6 E’s of Safe Routes to School.This is a developing change in paradigm, and it seems likely to be refined. As problematic as speeding is, I don't see how you wholly eliminate Enforcement. But the racialized impacts of the traffic stop certainly have to be eliminated. Automated photo speed enforcement has seemed like a good race-neutral tool. But this is clearly a transitional moment, and solutions are far from settled. It is easy to see things are wrong in our current approach to public safety, but solutions do not necessarily seem obvious or simple.
There is an appeal on a property acquisition out of System Development Charges. The City's defense is that it is a proper purchase made from a 5% discretionary contingency in the list of SDC eligible projects. As a technical matter, that seems reasonable, and it likely meets the letter of the law. But as a matter of values and policy, there are questions about the City overpaying and about whether it is linked to a disputed alignment for Marine Drive. Hinessight has a longer note about it. This is one of the matters that seemed likely to get buried in the depth of the meeting agenda.
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Downtown Parking is another area ripe for a closer look. The annual renewal of the Downtown Park Tax is on the agenda. Some have argued that because of the Pandemic, in order to support business downtown all parking should be free. That may be, but the Pandemic's disruption could also be an opportunity to right-price parking. Because demand is low, the current right-price is in fact free. But now could be the time to put in variable pricing so that as demand rises, gradually we price parking as appropriate. The disruption is a good time for elements of planned change. At least the City is using the moment to look at opening streets to more downtown dining and shopping and reallocating space that way.
|The City keeps including TIGER/BUILD grant funding|
but the City's application has been rejected multiple times
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A pot of Urban Renewal money for property acquisition on Pine Street is new and that will be something to watch.
|This was new|
The City has committed $2,334,000 of federal highway grant funds to the project and the Agency has committed $1,500,000. In order to transfer Agency funds to the City, it is necessary for the Council to authorize the attached grant agreement.
|The $1.5M at Council is part of $1.87M previously funded|
|Wittenburg-King Plant, Canning Age, January 1920|
Now Truitt Bros., it looks much the same
- The Hearings Officer denied the proposal for a non-profit womens shelter. It almost looks, though, like there's no amount of mitigation that would allow one to go in. It almost looks like the denial is a feature of the current system and is operating as designed to make shelters nearly impossible. It may be that if we really want shelters, we will have to make some adjustments to code. On a less crowded agenda, it might get more discussion, even if it were not formally appealed.
- The strip on the north side of Center Street at the former State Hospital property was rezoned for new development. This seemed straightforward and expected.
- Related, in an amendment to the City's purchase of the park parcel there, the City agrees to let the Air Quality Monitoring Station remain. So that's where we get our data when it's smokey out!
- And the final vote tally for Council and the Mayor. Considering the unknown challenger to Mayor Bennett, he surely underperformed and may be vulnerable to a stronger campaign if he runs again.
- Most appointments to boards and commissions do not seem important to comment on here, but one of the candidates for a seat on the Planning Commission is a member of the Truitt family, owners of the former Wittenburg-King Evaporating Plant. That north downtown riverfront strip is likely to be redeveloped eventually, there is a public interest in some kind of path continuation to Keizer and all the way to Keizer Rapids Park, and it might be helpful to have a member of the family more involved in planning's nuts and bolts right now.
- There's a parks purchase for the back side of Fisher Road Park, and it looks like it would provide another connection to the park via Ibex Road and Lancaster Drive.